JOB FILLED - Director of Agronomy

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Job Description: 
Headquartered in Bakersfield, California, Grimmway Farms traces its roots to a Southern California produce  stand opened by the Grimm brothers in the early 1960s. Grimmway is a global produce leader and the world’s  largest producer of carrots. Grimmway also supplies more than 65 organic USA-grown crops, and brands  include Cal- Organic Farms and Bunny-Luv. Grimmway is committed to caring for customers and employees,  honoring sustainable practices and preserving natural resources for future generations. 
We are seeking a Director of Agronomy responsible for managing the Agronomy Department and working closely  with the agriculture leadership team in the development of total crop management plans for all current and  future crops associated with Grimmway Farms. The scope of responsibility includes all nationwide growing  areas in both conventional and organic farming. The desired candidate is an experienced agronomist with a  deep understanding of crop management and the factors that affect crop yield and quality, including pest and  disease management, fertilizers, soils, soil water management, and plant/environment interactions. The Director will also address regulatory issues for the company and is involved with highly technical work, such  as applied field research and assisting with precision agriculture activities. This position reports to the Vice President of Farming. 
Master’s degree in Agronomy or related plant or soil science field required. Ph.D preferred. Expertise in soil  fertility and plant nutrition preferred. Must obtain a Pest Control Advisor License and become a Certified  Crop Advisor within one year of employment. Previous experience working on a production farm required.  Must have at least 7 years of experience working with vegetable crops common to the Southeastern,  Western, and/or Pacific Northwestern United States. Experience in organic agriculture required. Field  research experience and a firm grasp of agricultural research methods is required. Must be others-focused  and have a successful record managing teams and holding leadership positions in prior roles. Must be a  strong communicator and teacher, able to collaborate and interact effectively with employees at all levels  and in various positions within the company. Must have strong verbal and written communication skills and  deliver effective presentations to a variety of audiences. Must have a high degree of professionalism; strong  fiduciary mindset; uncompromising ethics and integrity; ability to be trusted with sensitive, confidential, or  privileged company information. Must be proficient at common computer and software applications, able to  learn statistical and research software used in agriculture, and able to learn and use proprietary internal  software systems used by the farming group. Must be willing and able to travel both locally and out of the  area depending on business needs. Travel estimated at 25%. Remote work not available for this position.  Must have a valid driver’s license with a clean DMV driving record. Must pass pre-placement drug/alcohol  screen, physical, and functional capacity exam. 
The Director of Agronomy is a key member of the farming team and works closely with other Managers and  Directors to plan, develop, organize, implement, manage, and evaluate the company’s overall agricultural  function. The Director is directly responsible for all internal Agronomists, Pest Control Advisors, the Seeds  Group, and any part-time help, and makes sure that their roles and responsibilities within the company are  being fulfilled. Primary goals include aligning the Agronomy Department with company goals and objectives,  assessing the needs of Farm Managers and other internal clients and providing solutions, and making sure  that Department members maximize their potential with respect to finding answers and offering technical  advice. Responsible for monitoring the execution and effectiveness of farm plans and making modifications  as required. The Director is also responsible for ground truthing reported problems and working towards a  consensus opinion concerning the nature of the problem and potential solutions with internal staff and other  members of the farm team. Responsible for maintaining productive working relationships with external  industry members from universities, seed/chemical companies, and others in the private sector. Responsible  for all third-party relationships related to outsourced trials/research, crop consulting, scouting, sampling, and others who have been hired to assist with crop management. Oversees all field trial work and agronomic  research projects of Grimmway Farms and ensures that these efforts are conducted properly and are  aligned with company needs. Works closely with the Land and Water Director to evaluate new properties being  considered for purchase, and existing properties that are being considered for new uses. Will also work  cooperatively with other departments to meet existing and future regulatory requirements related to water,  nitrogen, and fertilizer use in our farming systems. The Director works closely with the leadership team on  farm budgets and due diligence efforts for new and existing crops and is involved in short and long-term  planning in order to meet the company’s goals and objectives. 
Must be able to remain in a stationary position throughout most of the working day. Ability to frequently  move about inside the office. Ability to operate a computer and other office productivity equipment. Ability to  work on uneven terrain both on foot and while aboard moving equipment. Ability to get on and off various  stationary and moving equipment. Ability to continuously work with product and equipment at ground level.  Must be able to move items weighing up to 30 lbs.

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